Carers of LGBTIQ people with mental illness (2017)

Carers Victoria and RMIT collaborated on research which examines the experiences of carers of adult LGBTIQ people with a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The research targeted service provision within in-patient and community settings, based on service experiences since the introduction of the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014.

Key issues and themes were identified through online, telephone and face-to-face data collection. Carer recommendations for service/system changes fell within four key streams: assisting LGBTIQ people, supporting the care role, improving services and requests for person-centred practice.

An Extra Degree of Difficulty: Older LGBTI carers (2015)

Carers Victoria took part in a national research project exploring the experiences and needs of older LGBTI carers and the carers of older LGBTI Australians. The project was led by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Val's CafĂ© Inclusive Practice Network and Carers Australia. 

The research provides information and practical strategies around supporting LGBTI carers who: are caring for homophobic biological family members; are caring for partners who are fearful of discrimination in accessing formal care; need social support, peer support and respite; or need recognition of their experiences of loss and grief. 

Findings and stories from this research have been included in An Extra Degree of Difficulty evidence based guide and resource

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.